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A Calming Ginza Walk Piques Curiosity and Meets Practical Needs for Those with Multiple Professions A Calming Ginza Walk Piques Curiosity and Meets Practical Needs for Those with Multiple Professions
GINZA SIX EDITORS Vol.59
Ginza, which is frequently visited for interviews, presentations, tastings, etc., is a city that often goes to private. There are many times when you go out with a little tricky feeling, such as monthly theaters, which have been a long-standing habit, and meals that meet people. Since the opening of GINZA SIX, the Ginza pilgrimage has become more diverse. Based on the value that is unique here, you can also do research and location hunting for planning, and you can get what you need for Lutin. I have a high kimono wearing rate, but it is only Ginza's air that accepts it. This "bura walk" is based on wine and beauty, and fulfills my hobby and practical needs to my heart's content, wearing a two-footed straw of writer ＆.
When it comes to kabuki, it's a pongee. After watching the morning part, start with a Japanese feeling, "Bura Walking", and start with "Ginza Tsutaya Shoten" on the 6th floor. It is well known that there are plenty of selects focusing on art and design, and for myself who likes Edo, likes Kaikai, and does not get tired of reading books related to Rikyu, the `` turret '' in the Japanese culture corner is a place where I dance my heart. is.
In the special corner, a large number of Hokusai books and goods are lined up along with the 36 views of Mt. At the wine bar where I work, I just held a Hokusai art talk and picked up Hokusai Hon so that I could be sucked. It is surprising that there are plenty of masterpieces such as "Hokusai-Ukiyo-e artists and apprentices who attract the world" and "Katsushika Hokusai" (Tokyo art), which specialize in woodblock prints.
After that, the tea ceremony book section. There are a variety of books, as well as Haut Books, as they are comprehensive arts such as architecture, art, cooking, and textiles. Perhaps no matter where and what kind of work you do, the tea ceremony will continue. If you have a Rikyu study book or a novel depicting Rikyu and the people around you, you will buy it. Although it is not a genre in which new publications appear, Ashigu Kumada's "Tea Tea Ceremony" (Miyabi Publishing Company) can be seen. This is a collection of anecdotes that extract episodes related to the tea of the warlords and Suki people during the Rikyu and Sengoku periods from ancient documents and letters. It looks like it's reprinted and the bindings are beautiful, so let's read this.
I'm interested in the culture of Choku, and I like to travel a beautiful and sad world seen in the literature of Imako Matsui and Ryu Keiichiro. When I was reborn, I delusioned that I wanted to live as a kai (laughs). This is the only book in a general bookstore that has so many books about the top-ranked Tayu from the prostitute. There is also a "National Play Guide" that stands out. Next to it is a spring painting corner. It is attracting attention along with Ukiyo-e, but pulling out of the shelf requires some courage.
Next, we went to the underground cosmetic floor. Because of his two feet, he is more busy now than as an editorial member. For that reason, what we need for skin care is to raise the degraded skin immediately. Virmon, an influential Swiss-based skincare product, is a brand that became a fan of Switzerland's Palas Hotel Le Mouris in the past, knowing its excellent effects. He also supports contemporary artists, and "La Mezon Vermon" also displays Berlin's street artist, El Bocho's work "Sister".
The AWF5 series, which was renewed this fall, is targeted at five factors such as elasticity, transparency, and plumpness, and contains ingredients that are effective there. In addition, each of these epoch-making lines has a synergistic effect and enhances the effect. The "V Shape" line (V Sheep outlet rate ¥ 32,000.30 ml, cream ¥ 35,000.50 ml, iVam ¥ 25,000.15 ml * + tax $ 35,000.50ml, iberm ¥ 2.55ml * and all the following: ml). Beauty essence with rich cream and smooth texture, and unique eyeburn. Gel-like texture. When you attach it to your eyes with a pictapiter at your fingertips, it stops and stays as it is. I realized that my eyes were upright and upright, and this was good, and it was a good line. Ageage.
At La Mezon Vermon, it is also a special mention to try the Italian impendent fragrance "Ilprofumo". The traditional Italian art is only inspiration, and the classic and beautiful bottle attracts attention. However, the scent of Sylvanana Casari from Bologna is extremely modern and natural. I like delicate roses, and Shakespeare's works are image sources such as "Lisander" and "Romeo" have a scent that can be used daily. Gluman-based "chocolat" or "jinja" can be used for wine.
By the way, since the editor is Kuroko, his own wax is acceptable (?) However, now that you stand in a store and serve customers, it is legal to be too careless. You need to be able to see it even when it turns.…I'm sorry. Go to "Shuweemla" with great thought. Let's manage with base and makeup.
At the store, Pepper greeted me, "What are you looking for?" And pointed to the items I needed. Since Pepper will answer carefully, I will consult quite seriously.…I'm sorry.
Evolving masterpiece foundation "The Light Valve" series. An excellent base makeup unique to an artist brand that quickly creates a natural shiny skin by applying it with a gourd-like sponge. This year's power-up The Light Valve Fully (13 colors: 30ml / SPF25 PA + + + \5,200 each) will firmly cover the ara while fulfilling the glossy skin like this. Since the color is selected not by the skin color but by the brightness, it is unrelated to the white float, and I am grateful that it will realize the skin of adults properly. A gourd sponge has a beautiful luster, and a high-density brush that uses 189,000 hairs gives a neat impression if it is applied with a smooth brush. By the way, it was born from the display window that the artist of Schweemla, the form of this brush, saw in Ginza.
The new lip "Matt Supplia" debuted on October 1st (\3,200 for each of the 15 colors) is also checked. With matte texture and vivid color, dense color enhances makeup feeling. Perfect for this texture and chic color makeup. Artistic also has black color balliers.
In addition, the current Ginza, where you always stop by, has a surprisingly large lineup of Japanese wines, as well as a selection of sake, and its rare lineup does not allow other stores to follow. Japanese small-scale producers with strong will and commitment do not want to put them on the distribution route, and the production volume is small and the distribution is limited, so there are many things that can not be purchased unless they actually go to the winery. However, here you can get out of stock, or you can put items from the Kart winery where you can only buy one by one, so I think that you are surprised every time saying, "Hi-ko such a rare thing!" According to Shohei Okawa, the store manager who had your partner, he handles about 100 items of Japanese wine. The number of wineries in Japan is currently about 330, so it is a surprising number.
On this day, he discovered a wine from Tomi City, Nagano Prefecture, which he recently visited for coverage, and made a voice. There were famous wineries such as Villadest Garden and Farm Winery and Leedovan, as well as Bonjuru Farm and Cyclovin Yard. Both are small family-managed farmers who moved from the Tokyo metropolitan area to the east and started grape cultivation. Cyclovinyard will start construction of a winery this year and will be able to brew its own wine from next year's vintage, but both sides are now making wine in the form of commissioned brewing to bring grapes to nearby wineries. Of course, the production volume is very small. I've just been interviewing my passion for wine making, so I'm impressed that I was able to meet the wine with that thought again in Ginza.
The best thing to walk is the horn. Nowadays, Ginza can test four to five kinds of wine and sake on a daily basis. On this day, Coco Farm will make a secondary fermentation sparkling “Nobo Brut 2014” (\1,000), a transparent and charming “North Wine Pino Noir Rose 2017” (¥ 700), a cool land “Fujisawa Farm Yoichi Kenal 2015” where you can see that you have waited for a solid ripeness. All are in good condition. It is a pleasure to be able to drink rare Japanese wine with a biza glass.
At the end of the interview, I was attracted to the pure taste of "Bonjuru Farm Crakenetsu Pino Noir 2017" (\3,340) and "Shinshu Takayama Winery Souvignon Blanc 2016" (\2,850). This is also an up-crowding item with a lot of attention, and it seems to be recommended by buyers. More! Get the most popular item of a winery you were looking for! Just like a Japanese wine wonderland, you can find anything here.
"Walking around" at GINZA SIX, which inspires the curiosity of dual workers and suggests what you need. I'm glad I came today, and my way home is light.
Text: Hisomi Tani Photos: Midori yamashita Edit: Yuka Okada
I often go to Ginza for job-related research, announcements, tastings, and other events. I visit quite often on my own time, too. For years, I’ve gone monthly to the theater in Ginza. Sometimes I’ll meet people here for lunch or dinner. I visit quite often for various special occasions. Since GINZA SIX opened, these pilgrimages to Ginza have become even more varied. Based on the value I can find only here, I do research for articles, scout locations, and pick up things I routinely need. I often wear a kimono, garb for which the atmosphere here is especially welcoming. As someone who makes her living in the two spheres of wine and beauty—as a writer and sommelière—I find GINZA SIX meets both personal and professional needs.
For kabuki theater-going, I wear a tsumugi fabric kimono. A traditional Japanese mood maintains its grip as I start my wandering through GINZA SIX, after I take in a morning performance. First, I head to Ginza Tsutaya Books on the sixth floor. As you may know, the arts and design book section is extensive. Since I’m someone who is enthralled by aspects of the Edo culture, such as oiran courtesans, someone who never tires of reading books on the tea master Rikyu, I’m always quietly thrilled with the Yagura Japanese culture section.
There’s a special display right now featuring Hokusai, whose popularity in recent years has been global. It features the artist’s “Fine Wind, Clear Morning” print, commonly known as “Red Fuji,” from Hokusai’s Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, along with a profusion of Hokusai books and products. The wine bar where I work recently hosted a talk on Hokusai, so I’m drawn to this particular display and pick up a Hokusai book. Some, of course, are filled with color plates: examples include famous pieces such as “Hokusai: The Ukiyo-e Master and His Disciples Who Captivated the World,” published by Unsodo, a specialist in woodblock printing, and “Learn More About: Katsushika Hokusai” published by Tokyo Bijutsu. That’s why I love this place.
Behind the Hokusai display are the tea ceremony books. There are how-to books, of course, but also a wide range of other books reflecting how the tea ceremony as an art form touches on architecture, art, food, textiles, and other arts. The tea ceremony is my life’s work, something I’ll continue doing wherever I happen to be or whatever else I’m doing. If I come across a study of Rikyu or novels depicting Rikyu and his circle, I cannot resist buying it. In a genre not necessarily known for an outpouring of new publications, Ijo Kumada’s “Tea Ceremony Tales” (Miyaobi Publishing) catches my eye. The volume collects anecdotes from ancient writings, letters, and other documents related to the tea ceremony and involving Rikyu, Warring States military commanders, and tea masters. The book is a lovely reissue, beautifully bound, and I resolve to read it.
I’m also interested in historical courtesan culture and love visiting the sad, beautiful worlds depicted in literary works by authors like Kesako Matsui and Keiichiro Ryu—to the point that I fantasize about being reborn as a courtesan. From harlots to high-ranking courtesans, only a major bookstore like this could stock so many titles on this particular aspect of history and culture. There’s also the “Nationwide Guide to Red Light Districts,” a volume that makes me restless. Right next to this is the erotica section, which now draws public attention like ukiyo-e, even if it takes some courage to pull a book down from the shelf.
I eventually find myself making my way to the belowground cosmetics floor. Since I work two jobs, I’m busier now as a freelancer than when I was as an in-house editor. What I want out of skincare these days is an instant, effective boost for my aging skin. Valmont is a Swiss brand of powerful skincare products. I became a fan while doing research on the spa at Le Meurice, a palace hotel in Paris, and learned about the remarkable efficacy of this brand. The brand also happens to support the arts and contemporary artists. La Maison VALMONT here displays a work, “Sister,” by the Berlin street artist El Bocho.
Updated this fall, the AWF5 series focuses on five factors, including elasticity, transparency, and fullness, and offers products composed of unique blends of efficacious ingredients. The innovation of this line lies in generating and harnessing the synergies among the various ingredients. My skin’s elasticity is apparently decreasing, so I’m shown the tightening V-Shape line (V-Shape Concentrate 32,000 yen, 30 ml; V-Shape Cream 35,000 yen, 50 ml; V-Shape Eye Balm 25,000 yen, 15 ml; all prices listed before tax). The Concentrate is a rich cream, but the texture is smooth and not sticky. The unique Eye Balm features a thick gel-like texture. When you dab it with a finger around the eyes, it stops and stays there. I feel the corners of my eyes instantly lift; it also tightens my laugh lines. All in all, it leaves me in higher spirits.
La Maison VALMONT, it should be noted, also lets you try IL PROFVMO, an independent Italian fragrance. Inspired by traditional Italian art, the beautiful bottle with its classic design is itself eye-catching. The fragrance, created by Bologna-born Silvana Casoli, is, by contrast, modern and nature-inspired as well. I love the delicate rose, too. Lysander and Romeo, inspired by Shakespeare’s plays, are fragrances for daily use. The gourmand series with Chocolat and Ginger would no doubt work for the wine scene.
Since editors generally work behind the scenes, I’ve tended to think a casual presentation is tolerable—or so one would hope!—but I also currently serve customers at a wine bar. Here, an indifference to one’s appearance is considered deplorable. Even if one falls short of perfection, an effort to look good is the norm. Hoping against hope, then, I head to Shu Uemura with the idea of getting some base and makeup.
Pepper, the robot, greets me at the entrance and asks: “Can I help you find something?”—then proceeds to tell me what I need. Pepper’s courtesy and attention are such that surprisingly, I find myself in earnest consultation.
The brand’s bestselling The Lightbulb foundation series continues to evolve. Apply a smooth layer with the gourd-shaped sponge to create naturally glistening skin—first-rate base makeup from an artist’s brand. Given a power boost this year, The Lightbulb Fluid (13 colors; 30 ml; SPF 25 PA+++; 5,200 yen each) brings out an in-fashion glow in your skin while effectively disguising blemishes. You can choose colors not just by hue, but by brightness. To my great satisfaction, this line neatly produces an adult-looking skin without giving too much whiteness. Applied with the gourd sponge, it produces a lovely gleam and glow; applying a smooth layer of foundation with the high-density brush (featuring 189,000 bristles) creates a look of austere refinement that goes perfectly with a kimono. Incidentally, the form of the brush was inspired by a display window seen in Ginza by a Shu Uemura artist.
I also check out a new lipstick, Matte Supreme (available in 15 colors; 3,200 yen each) and released October 1. The line features a matte texture and vivid colors, which somehow enhance the physical sensation of wearing lipstick. The texture and chic colors go perfectly with kimono makeup. The color variations include black—which, I may add, makes quite the artistic statement.
I drop by Imadeya Ginza, as I always do on my visits here. Imadeya Ginza offers an extensive lineup—astonishingly so—of Japanese wines, in addition to an assortment of sake. Its rare lineup is not found anywhere else. Strong-willed and particular, Japan’s small-batch producers can be reluctant to stoop to conventional sales channels. The volumes are small; availability is limited; and more than a few wines can’t be purchased without visiting the actual winery. But at Imadeya Ginza, you may come across products sold out locally or even wines from trendy wineries with purchases limited to one bottle per customer. Each time I visit, I find myself blurting out, “Wow! They have this one, too!” Store manager Shohei Okawa, who once again helps me today, says they stock around 100 Japanese wines. That’s astonishing, since all of Japan features about 330 wineries at this time.
Today, I blurt out my amazement on discovering wine from Tomi City, Nagano Prefecture, which I’d recently visited to do research for an article. Villa d’Est Gardenfarm and Winery and Rue de Vin are among the city’s best-known wineries, but I also came across Bonjourfarm and Cyclo Vineyards, small family vineyards both started by people who moved to Tomi from the Tokyo area and began cultivating grapes. Cyclo Vineyards began building a new winery this year and will begin fermenting in-house from next year’s vintage. Currently, both outsource fermentation to a neighboring winery. Production volumes, of course, are infinitesimal. I’ve just interviewed these two wineries about their passion for winemaking, so I’m thrilled to encounter the products of their devotion in Ginza.
When you’re simply wandering about, you can’t go wrong visiting a liquor store with an in-house bar. At Imadeya Ginza, you can sample four or five varieties of wine and sake, a selection that changes daily. Today, I try three: Novo Brut 2014 (1,000 yen), a sparkling wine produced with Riesling Lion grapes by in-the-bottle secondary fermentation at COCO Farm and Winery; Kita Wine Pinot Noir Rose 2017 (700 yen), a charming wine with uncluttered sensation on the palate; and Fujisawa Farm Yoichi Kerner 2015 (700 yen), which features an irresistible rich texture, from which one surmises the wine makers worked in a cold climate and patiently waited for the grapes to ripen fully. All were great. Drinking rare Japanese wines by the glass is a singular joy.
To top it all off, I purchase a bottle of Bonjourfarm Kurakake Netsu Rouge Pinot Noir 2017 (3,340 yen), whose pure flavor fascinated me while I was doing research on the winery, as well as a Shinshu Takayama Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (2,850 yen). The latter bottle is recommended by the buyer as an up-and-coming wine currently attracting a great deal of attention. But wait, there’s more! I stumble across an extremely popular wine from a winery I’d been looking for everywhere, a find that leaves me all but crying for joy! All in all, Imadeya Ginza is a Japanese wine wonderland where you’re likely to find just about anything and everything.
For someone with two different professions and professional focuses, wandering about GINZA SIX both piques my curiosity and provides suggestions for things I need. I’m glad I came today. I feel especially light on my feet as I make my way home.
Text：Hiromi Tani Photos：Midori Yamashita Edit：Yuka Okada
Freelance editor/writer and sommelière at Shibuya Wine Bar Lo-d. Worked as beauty editor for a fashion magazine before launching a freelance career in 2017. Writes articles, develops projects on wine and beauty, and stocks products, develops menus, and serves customers at the wine bar.GINZASIX_OFFICIAL Instagram